Maurice Sendak: You Can’t Get There from Here

Written by Ogden Nash and Illustrated by Maurice Sendak

First published in 1957, the book’s frontal assaults on that self-satisfied decade have lost none of their sparkle and point; if anything, subsequent attempts to expand themselves have only made Americans broader targets for Nash’s timeless pin. As if Nash were not enough, there is Maurice Sendak, famed illustrator of children’s books, whose many drawings are pictorial equivalents of the remarkable verse. Sendak’s genius in evoking great drama from small pictures beautifully mirrors Nash’s gleeful forays against folly and foible.